Contest Entry: Why M9s and Shotguns Are The Coolest Guns In The Army

Shotgun Sniper


I joined the Airborne infantry because jumping out of a perfectly good airplane seems easy when the static line pulls your shoot for you. That was honestly my line of thought when signing up. A $3000 airborne bonus didn’t hurt either. Between basic training, and the range days at Fort Bragg, I got to shoot most of the current U.S. Military’s small arms. I carried an M249 SAW on my first deployment and an M4 on my second. I was a gunner behind a .50 cal and M240B. There I was, surrounded by all these guns I would probably never own in civilian life. Actual assault rifles and machine guns. Grenade launchers, like the M203, M320, and the MK19 . . .

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Contest Entry: The Double Eagle and the Fate of Colt


By Red McCloud

The Colt Double Eagle was Colt Manufacturing LLC’s attempt to get into the ‘service-ready DA/SA semi-auto market’ in 1989, but it was plagued by a few massive problems at launch. Problems like the lack of quality control, finicky parts, and in general Colt’s lack of caring. The first run of the Double Eagle, the Series 80, was a complete flop which was the main reason the gun gained a horrible reputation and sold poorly. They had almost no quality control, as Colt rushed them out the door in an attempt to beat the likes of SIG SAUER, Ruger, and the rest. The main problem . . .

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Gun Review: STI Nitro 10 10mm 1911


After testing the GLOCK 20 I’m still auditioning candidates for my perfect truck pistol: a handgun I can use for concealed carry self-defense and hunting game. Before reviewing the latest contender – the  STI Nitro 10 10mm 1911 –  I want to address an issue raised by TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia: why not a truck rifle and a handgun? As many readers pointed out, a rifle is almost always the better choice for taking game. But there are a lot of reasons to hunt with a pistol instead . . .

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Gear Review: Gun Pro Sure Fire Anti Nose-Dive 1911 Magazines


The 1911 platform has been around since, well, 1911. There have been so many tweaks and revisions over the years that today’s 1911 handgun might be the most well-polished and refined piece of ballistic equipment in existence. One area of the platform where that polish and refinement hasn’t necessarily been focused as much is the magazine. Most manufacturers ship their guns with mags identical to those that our grandparents took into battle against the Nazis. SIG SAUER’s R&D department likes to say “find a magazine that works and build a gun around it,” so old magazines might not be an issue in their eyes. For Gun Pro, instead of historic reliability they see something that can be improved . . .

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It’s Baaaaaack! UZI PRO Pistol Now Shipping

Uzi PRO pistol (courtesy

“The Uzi is a family of Israeli open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns,” informs. “Smaller variants are considered to be machine pistols.” 600-rounds per minute. Yeah baby! Yes, well, the UZI family includes a semi-automatic PRO version, which no one ever saw in an episode of Miami Vice. Is a semi-auto UZI still cool enough to warrant a $1,109 MSRP? The version now shipping includes both 20- and 25-round mags (not available in CA and MA), a polymer grip with an integrated magazine release button, and a tiny under-snout Picatinny rail for a light or laser. UZI lovers note: the recharging handle is now on the side of the weapon, allowing for a top-mounted full(er) length Picatinny rail. Red dot anyone? Holster? No? Specs after the jump . . .

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New From Browning: Black Label 1911-380

Browning Black Label 1911-380 (courtesy

I own a SIG SAUER .22-caliber 1911. I use it to teach newbies how to run the American meisterwerk. Unfortunately, it’s easier to get a camel to do needlepoint than buy more than two boxes of .22 ammo at a gun store. Browning now offers an alternative for ammo-challenged sub-optimal-calibered 1911 aficionados: the Black Label 1911-380. As the name indicates, “This new offering pairs two of John M. Browning’s original inventions — the Model 1911 handgun and the 380ACP cartridge.” Is this one of those “you got chocolate in my peanut butter” moments? Not really. But an 85% .380 1911 is not without its charms, in an It’s A Small Gun After All kinda way. Press release . . .

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Trump Lies About 2000 Call for Assault Weapons Ban


Ammoland’s Fredy Riehl had a sit down with The Donald on gun control. Click here to read the edited Q&A, in which the Republican Presidential candidate says all the right things about gun rights; from “take your expanded background checks and shove ’em” to ammo mag restrictions make about as much sense as a Brady Campaign machine gun shoot (paraphrasing) to arm our soldiers on our bases. That said, when Freddy presses Trump on the call for an “assault weapons ban” and a “slightly longer waiting period” for gun purchases in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve,” Trump lies his you-know-what off . . .

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Whataburger: No Open Carry In Our Stores


Whataburger is a well-liked and well established Texas burger franchise. You can’t roll through a small town in Texas without passing a Whataburger or two, and their delicious burgers are reason enough why. Heck, it was while sitting in a Whataburger drive-thru with Tyler Kee after my first morning hunting that I decided to move down to the Lone Star State full time. While Whataburger is a proud Texas empire, it seems that they aren’t embracing the forthcoming decriminalization of open carry with open arms . . .

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TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter Gets Started

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Regular readers will recall that I recently commissioned Master Engraver Otto Carter to engrave a Cabot 1911. Mr. Carter just emailed the above photo of the work in progress, revealing an example of the Aesthetic Style on the gun’s snout. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him – the gun will be adorned throughout. But he’s off and running. It’s all done with a Lindsay Airgraver. “It took a lot longer than I thought,” the Abilene Texas artist told TTAG . . .

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Guns For Beginners: Sara Tipton’s Guide to A Woman’s First Gun


My best friend Josie was attacked and hospitalized by her husband in March. She sustained injuries to her head and neck from being choked. She wasn’t armed. In fact, she’s never been armed. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband is sitting behind bars in a South Carolina jail facing felony assault charges. He could even be released soon, before his court date,  should he post bail or bond out. We all hope that doesn’t happen. Meanwhile, she wants a gun . . .

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Three GLOCK “Must Haves”

GLOCK 19 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I own a GLOCK 19. That one. In terms of caliber and cool, it’s not a patch on my Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander. But my GLOCK’s a great gun. It’s got plenty of capacity, never-say-die rugged reliability and excellent ergos (for me). That said, a stock GLOCK in an inside-the-waistband holster? No thanks. Here’s are three GLOCK “must-haves” that make Gaston’s gat, um, perfect  . . .

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Merwin Hulbert Revolvers. You Hurt Your What?

Merwin Hulber Revolvers (courtesy

Mike Searson writes [via]

What do Frank Hamer, Jesse James, Pat Garret, Pearl Heart and Bob Dalton have in common? They all carried revolvers made by the same company and the models in question were not built by Smith & Wesson, Colt or even Remington. From the diminutive 32 S&W to the thundering 44 WCF, the model they carried and treasured was considered the most advanced revolver of its time with many features more impressive due to the brief window in history in which they were made. The company was known as Merwin Hulbert and very few of their revolvers have survived the past 125 or so years . . .

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